CLINTON/OBAMA ready to install far-right wing global Wall Street reforms of HEALTH CARE----GLOBAL BIG AG AND BIG MEAT-----PRIVATIZED EDUCATION---
Michael Moore was always a raging global Wall Street Clinton player ---his job was to get the 99% feeling they needed these global Wall Street reforms of vital US services for people. Pushing health care reform at a time when global Wall Street controls both major parties ---whether a Hillary or a Trump won----over 90% of citizens will be SICKO from lack of access to health care and from devastating environmental exposures. MOORE OF COURSE KNEW ANY REFORMS WOULD BE ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE GLOBAL WALL STREET REFORMS. All Americans need to get back on track is a return to US RULE OF LAW---US CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS---OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF BUSINESS.
Sicko is a 2007 American documentary film made by filmmaker Michael Moore. The film investigates health care in the United States, focusing on its health insurance and the pharmaceutical industry. The movie compares the for-profit, non-universal U.S. system with the non-profit universal health care systems of Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Cuba.
Sicko was made on a budget of approximately $9 million, and grossed $24.5 million theatrically in the United States. This box office take exceeded the official expectation of The Weinstein Company, which had hoped for a gross in line with Bowling for Columbine's $21.5 million US box office gross.
We posted last time an article by DAVE HODGES-----DAVE is that 'revolutionary' voice in media that again we hear called FAR-LEFT WING RADICAL----because he shouts out against global Wall Street. When I say he is that same Wall Street player folks will say---HODGES---HE SHOUTS AGAINST THE ESTABLISHMENT. Again, it is what HODGES doesn't say-----when Hodges and national media release stories where they describe MEGACITIES as including only that 1% OF CITIZENS------as 244 million citizens missing out of 310 million stated below----we have known this was the goal from 1990s MASTER PLANS of US CITIES AS FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES---so why are media outlets creating these stories now?
AND WHY DON'T THEY TELL US THESE PEOPLE IN US MEGACITIES ARE THE GLOBAL 1% ----not 66 million US CITIZENS.
So, they are continuing these media stories telling the American people what percentage of winners and losers will be and those percentages get smaller and smaller. That is how we know HODGES IS A PLAYER and not a REVOLUTIONARY.
About the Author Dave Hodges
Dave is the Editor and Host of The Common Sense Show
Thanks to Ted Turner for making it clear what the globalists truly want.
Thanks to Ted Turner for making it clear what the globalists truly want.
China presently has 65 million micro apartments that are vacant. Forgetting the Chinese one child policy, let’s assume that the Chinese have four occupants per unit.
65,000,000 x 4= 260 million Chinese residents with a home
Here is a second math problem that figures prominently into the future of the Chinese and their present 1.2 billion citizens:
1, 200, 000, 000 Chinese Citizens- 260, 000, 000 Chinese with homes
940,000,000 missing Chinese
America has a similar math problem . Today, our estimated population is 310 million people. Yet, the 11 megacities are only expected to house six million people each.
310,000,000 million Americans – 66,000,000 megacity dwellers
244,000,000 missing Americans
All through the 2000s the media mantra was US CITIZENS MUST HAVE HIGHER EDUCATION DEGREES--MASTER DEGREES to be in what was then seen as a 10% OF WINNERS inside these CASTLE WALLS. Of course all that media had a goal of $1 trillion in student loan debt and for-profit higher education fraud. During Obama we are told EXCEPTIONAL AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT are the winners and define that is including as many as 20% of our children ----Obama is called the DEGREE-EARNING PRES because he and Clinton neo-liberals lowered are degree standards so low as to be CERTIFICATE programs having NO ABILITY to be GLOBAL WINNERS.
Keep in mind---the structure being built by global Wall Street pols is NO COLLEGE ACCESS for all but a very few of global students found to be EXCEPTIONAL. To take away the sting of no longer accessing a strong college degree all national media is telling us HAVING THAT DEGREE IS NOT WORTH IT----vocational jobs they say pay as well as professional ----OH REALLY? HOW LONG WILL THAT LAST?
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
President Obama flew to Durham, North Carolina, Monday to meet with his Jobs and Competitiveness Council hoping to get some ideas from corporate leaders on how to boost the economy and promote job creation. Now there's an idea.
He's going to need all the help he can get. With 9.1% unemployment, things aren't looking so hot, particularly with the jobs situation so bleak for college age and college-educated young Americans, a demographic that widely voted for President Obama in 2008.
According to a one study, the median starting salary for students graduating from four-year colleges in 2009 and 2010 was $27,000 a year. That's 10% lower than what those who entered the workforce from 2006 through 2008 earned. A separate study found only about 45% of college graduates under age 25 are working a job that requires a college degree. Less than half. That number varies from major to major: Those who majored in education and teaching or engineering are much more likely to find a job requiring a college degree. But while engineering jobs are highly paid, education and teaching jobs have much lower earning potential.
And here's a sobering thought: Half the 54,000 jobs created in May came from McDonald's.
All of this is reigniting the debate over whether a college degree is really worth it in this economy. Over the past 20 years, tuition and fees at public universities have jumped nearly 130%. But real income for the middle class has actually dropped. The latest figures show the median income in the U.S. is $400 lower than it was in 1988.
We hear a lot about dealing with a "new normal" in the wake of the Great Recession. Choosing against a four-year college degree may be part of that for some Americans.
Here’s my question to you: Has the value of a college degree changed in recent years?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Sylvia in San Diego, California:
When our young people are coming out of college with a bachelors degree and debt to the tune of $100,000 plus, yes, the value of a college education has changed. That said, I would advise today's high school graduate who does not know what they want to study to go to a community college to find themselves. It will be less expensive and less stressful.
It depends on where a person is headed. If college is just a place to hang out for four years to think about what you might want to do, few can afford it. Personally, I'd opt for a good culinary school or consider the fact the local plumber, a high school graduate, makes $75 an hour.
Alex in Washington:
Not really, Jack, but the cost to get a degree has risen to the point that you question the value of something that will leave you in debt for so long. Back in the day I went to a state school and was able to complete my degree debt-free thanks to the G.I. Bill.
My college degree changed my life. I went from being a security guard making $20,000 per year barely being able to pay bills without health insurance to getting a government job making $34,000 per year. Now I can manage my bills and have health coverage with a foreseeable future.
I'm a 24-year-old teacher and am one of the few recent graduates I know to get a job right out of college. I have a couple friends who were also lucky enough to find jobs. They are engineers. College education is as important as ever, but the role of certain degrees has changed. There is plenty of demand in fields like education and science and technology. College students today need to be smart when choosing their degrees.
R. in Minnesota:
You bet it has changed! We push people through High School who can't read or write, then send them to college where a litany of overbearing college professors only give you passing grades if you totally subscribe to their left wing ideology, and what you get on the back side are ignorant young adults who lack the job skills to compete with the world, but who sure can chant out "Hope and Change" mantras......
The DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE was created at the same time the US FED was installed with the goals of empire-building. It included a Small Business Administration and regulations intended to keep FREE MARKETS STRONG AND MONOPOLIES AWAY. The institution of FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE policies FTZ a little later was the start of GLOBAL BIG AG/BIG MEAT/BIG OIL-----it was also the driver of GOOD BUSINESS PRACTICES having the goal of equal footing for all businesses in competing and know what? Back in the early 1900s FTZ were not operating outside of US Rule of Law----they were simply getting that Federal funding no doubt biased to OLD WORLD MERCHANTS OF VENICE.
Industrial standards included business ethics, anti-corruption as part of FREE MARKET COMPETITION FAIRNESS. This was when our local CHAMBER OF COMMERCE was actually doing something for small businesses where today it simply does what NATIONAL/GLOBAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE tells it.
'The United States Department of Commerce is the Cabinet department of the United States government concerned with promoting economic growth. The mission of the department is to "promote job creation and improved living standards for all Americans by creating an infrastructure that promotes economic growth, technological competitiveness, and sustainable development". Among its tasks are gathering economic and demographic data for business and government decision-making, and helping to set industrial standards. This organization's main purpose is to create jobs, promote economic growth, encourage sustainable development and improve standards of living for all Americans'.
'As secretary of commerce during President Warren G. Harding's administration and then President Coolidge's, Herbert Hoover seized on the cooperation between industry and science that had emerged during World War I and boldly extended it further into the realm of commerce. His war-time experience as a kind of productivity czar and minimizer of waste ("Hooverizing") was good preparation for this effort.
A mining engineer by training, Commerce Secretary Hoover was much influenced by the ideas of Frederick "Speedy" W. Taylor (1856-1915), an efficiency engineer regarded as the father of "scientific management." (INTRO NOTE Taylorism) Under Hoover's leadership, initiatives undertaken within the Department of Commerce by the Bureau of Standards and the Division of Simplified Practice reflected the impact of Frederick W. Taylor on the business world, and set the tone for a nationwide effort to maximize worker, managerial and industrial productivity'.
Pragmatic means working for the good of society and its rules and laws. We say CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA are pragmatic NILISTS because they kill what is good for society and ignore rules and laws. Below we see Donahue installed in Clinton era 1997 taking the Chamber of Commerce in the opposite direction at the same time MOVING FORWARD US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES was set into action by Congressional and Presidential changes to WHAT DEFINES FTZ-----
'The Chamber of Commerce was once a moderately conservative, reasonably pragmatic institution'.
'That’s how Tom Donohue, now 76, became president of the Chamber in 1997'.
So FTS under a Department of Commerce never had a FORGET US RULE OF LAW attitude until Clinton and right wing Republicans were ready to MOVE FORWARD during Clinton/Bush and since national media works for global Wall Street nothing was ever said to WE THE PEOPLE about how these FTZ designations in our states were changing as was the mission of our national Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber went from being moderately conservative Republican to being far-right global Wall Street REAGAN/CLINTON/BUSH neo-liberalism/neo-conservatism.
How the Chamber of Commerce allied with the right and lost effectiveness
By Robert G. Kaiser July 10, 2015Robert G. Kaiser retired last year after working for 50 years in the newsroom staff of The Washington Post.
The Influence Machine
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American LifeBy Alyssa Katz
Spiegel & Grau. 315 pp. $28
Politics in Washington has changed profoundly over the past generation, and not for the better. By all available indications, especially public opinion polls, the country detests its politicians, especially those who work in the capital city. Politicians know this but show no talent for improving their reputations. Instead they preen and posture, fight and flail, and generally fail to confront the long list of enormous national problems that rightly worry any citizen who pauses to think about our country’s plight.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the leading lobbying organization for America’s businesses, deserves a good bit of the credit, or blame, for this sorry state of affairs. After transforming itself into an aggressive ally of the most conservative Republicans in Washington, the Chamber has simultaneously raised its profile and reduced its effectiveness. It is easy to imagine a fine book on this interesting subject, but sadly, Alyssa Katz has not written it. Instead she retells mostly familiar anecdotes from a relentlessly anti-Chamber position that will wear out even sympathetic readers, creating a misleading picture of the Chamber’s importance.
‘The Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life’
by Alyssa Katz (Spiegel & Grau)
The Chamber of Commerce was once a moderately conservative, reasonably pragmatic institution. In those barely remembered days before partisan warfare became the principal preoccupation of political Washington, the Chamber worked on practical problems in practical ways. It was conservative but not self-consciously partisan, collaborating with Democrats who could benefit from its support. Contributions to political campaigns by corporate political action committees and executives used to be quite close to evenly divided between the major parties. The Chamber of Commerce cultivated conservative Democrats especially, and got a lot out of the relationships it developed with them.
The fates of Richard Lesher and William Archey, once senior Chamber of Commerce officials, now appear to be harbingers of the transformations that ruined Washington. Archey, the Chamber’s director of policy in the 1980s and early ’90s, was the group’s most effective lobbyist on substantive issues, and he accomplished a great deal. In 1993, the first year of Bill Clinton’s presidency, Archey tried to work with the new administration on health-care reform, something many U.S. businesses actively favored. Lesher, then the Chamber’s president and Archey’s boss, supported his efforts.
But 1993 was a bad year for bipartisan collaboration. The rising power in the House Republican caucus was a faction led by Newt Gingrich, Dick Armey and Tom DeLay, three conservative political warriors who had no interest in bipartisan compromises. Gingrich and his allies were furious with Archey for collaborating with Hillary Clinton on healthcare and angry at Lesher for allowing him to do it. Soon they persuaded the Chamber’s board to dump Archey and replace Lesher as well.
That’s how Tom Donohue, now 76, became president of the Chamber in 1997. A blunt, combative Irishman whose shock of white hair has become a Washington landmark, Donohue is a man of his place and times. He never ran a business or worked for a corporation, but made a name for himself in the capital as director of the American Trucking Association for 13 years, beginning in 1984. He built relationships with a variety of Washington characters; his closest friends and allies were mostly moderate Republicans. He cast himself as a pragmatic problem-solver.
He told Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Post that when he was interviewed for the job of Chamber president, he informed members of the search committee “that the Chamber could no longer be in a position where its support would be taken for granted by anyone, even its natural Republican allies.” Once he got the job, he told Pearlstein, he carried the same message to House Republican leaders: “I said they couldn’t be sure that the Chamber was going to be there on every single issue. And I told them that they could be damn sure that we’re going to try to bring some Democratic votes along, even if it means making a few compromises here and there, because we don’t just want to talk about these issues and feel good about where we stand on them. We want to win.”
That was in 1997. In the years since, that Donohue has pretty thoroughly disappeared. DeLay’s “K Street Project” — which made it clear to trade association executives and lobbyists that favors of all kinds were available only to those who donated heavily to House Republicans and helped the House leadership achieve its own aims — no doubt helped persuade Donohue to put his bipartisan instincts into cold storage.
Under his leadership in subsequent years, the Chamber grew into a rich and active ally of Republican conservatives, raising hundreds of millions for television ad campaigns and lobbying to support them and their causes. The Chamber’s issue campaigns became notorious for a relentless, even ruthless contentiousness. Truth or accuracy yielded again and again to political expediency. One classic example was an ad campaign the Chamber ran in 2009 against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), proposed by President Obama as part of the financial reforms that became the Dodd-Frank bill. One Chamber commercial depicted a neighborhood butcher complaining that, because he gave credit to his customers, he could face the wrath of a new federal regulatory agency. Another, similar ad featured an orthodontist in his white coat. There was never any plan to give the CFPB power over butchers or orthodontists, but that fact did not deter the Chamber.
Another feature of the Donohue era became losing battles. Despite the Chamber’s scare tactics, the CFPB became a reality. (It has never issued any regulations covering butchers; under the law, it can’t.) In 2012, the Chamber raised and spent millions in an effort to defeat enough Democratic senators to create a Republican majority in the upper house. Of the 12 Republicans Donohue backed for the Senate that year, nine lost. Donohue led an unsuccessful campaign against Obamacare and has crusaded against “extreme environmentalists” worried about global warming, whom he has tried to debunk.
He did succeed in making the Chamber a knee-jerk supporter of congressional Republicans. (One exception has been immigration — Donohue, like many of his member companies, favors reforms that House Republicans refuse to even consider.) In the process of collaborating with House Republicans, Donohue has so discredited the Chamber with Democrats that they are unlikely to have an interest in helping its causes for a long time.
Most significant, Donohue has persuaded captains of American industry to fund the conservative Republican crusade that has helped to disable our political system and discredit the only national institution that will ever be able to address our largest problems: the federal government.
Katz, an editorial writer for the New York Daily News, is not a gifted storyteller, and she fails to do justice to this juicy tale. When she tries to write colorfully, the results can be unsettling. One example: “The Bush administration offered the Chamber a precious window to roll back regulations, and the Chamber jumped right through the plate glass.”
The reinvention of Tom Donohue ought to have made for compelling reading, but Katz never brings him alive. She never explains how this son of a Democrat from Long Island became a ferocious right-winger prepared to invent tall tales about his government. She ignores the stark contradiction at the heart of Donohue’s conduct during the Obama years: that despite his blood-curdling warnings of economic disaster if Obama stuck to his policy agenda, the country has come back from the Great Recession, has added millions of jobs and has produced a domestic energy boom and enormous profits for the companies that belong to the Chamber of Commerce.
Perhaps most frustrating, Katz shows scant understanding of how Washington actually operates. She repeatedly exaggerates the Chamber’s ability to work its will, sometimes without appearing to realize that the stories she tells often reveal the group’s flops better than they illustrate its power. One of her chapters is called “How Business Bought Congress,” but several of her more interesting anecdotes record the failure of business to prevail in big Washington fights — over power plant pollution, for example.
Katz is right to sound an alarm about the deleterious effect of money and ideology on our public life, and about the burgeoning Chamber of Conmerce, whose budget is now more than $250 million and whose staff exceeds 500 people. But because her execution is flawed, there is still room for a good book on these subjects.
This is what happened during Clinton/Bush to our local Chamber of Commerce. As we see here our local Chambers and this National Chamber of Commerce tied to Federal Commerce Department had different origins and functions. Our local chambers used to get the bulk of Federal funding while businesses were small and regional but as US corporations grew--then became monopolies these funding patterns shifted away from our local economies and to corporations working to go global.
CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA identified their 5% TO THE 1% PLAYERS----and suddenly our US cities local chambers were told to do EVERYTHING national Chamber of Commerce says. I hear all the time in Baltimore where our local small business associations are LOCK-STEP WITH NATIONAL/GLOBAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. This is tied to US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zone designations-----and it KILLED OUR LOCAL ECONOMIES. These few decades have our local chambers pushing policies written by national/global chambers designed to kill small businesses and the ability of 99% of citizens to own and keep them.
THIS IS A HUGE CORRUPTION OF OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SCHEME BASED ON THESE ORIGINAL GOALS OF FEDERAL COMMERCE DEPARTMENT.
'Local chambers of commerce, although they predate the U.S. Chamber by nearly a century and a half, often are assumed to be part of the U.S. Chamber, or otherwise under its direction. They aren’t. They are independent'.
This is how our states and cities TOTALLY DEREGULATED ALL ECONOMIC STRUCTURES built from when the Department of Commerce was building real free market stable environments for business competition.
A Department of Commerce telling global corporate campuses in US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones what to do? FORGET ABOUT IT----FTZ IGNORE ALL SOVEREIGN LAWS. This is why Trump and Clinton neo-liberals won't need that Chamber of Commerce anymore---they are MOVING FORWARD to only global corporate tribunal control.
The Other Chambers of Commerce
by Chris Mead 11/18/2010
The recent political conflict between the Obama Administration and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has thrown a new spotlight on an old communication problem. Local chambers of commerce, although they predate the U.S. Chamber by nearly a century and a half, often are assumed to be part of the U.S. Chamber, or otherwise under its direction. They aren’t. They are independent.
During the pre-election controversy this year, it was clear that many people, including many chamber members, did not know this fact. They believe that U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue and his colleagues on H Street directly or indirectly control all that local chambers do. But Donohue and his staff don’t exercise such control, nor do they want to.
Few people think about what chambers do locally. For example, who knows that Elliot Tiber, president of the Bethel, N.Y., Chamber of Commerce, secured the permit for Woodstock?
It was also a local chamber – the Business Men’s League of Atlantic City – that came up in 1920 with the idea of a festival to keep tourists in town after Labor Day. Pretty women in beachwear would turn out to be the centerpiece of the annual event. We have that business group (now called the Greater Atlantic City Chamber) to thank for the Miss America Contest.
Was Charles Lindbergh’s plane called The Spirit of Enterprise (the U.S. Chamber’s tag line)? No, the flying bucket of bolts was, of course, The Spirit of St. Louis. The president of the St. Louis Chamber came up with the name in order to promote the great river city. And why should Lindbergh object? The chamber president also raised most of the money for the aircraft.
And who sent out the promotional brochure that enticed the first movie producer to southern California in 1907? It was the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. In nearby Hollywood a chamber was later active as well, helping re-fashion the famous Hollywood sign out of a decaying advertisement for a real estate development called “Hollywoodland.”
Moreover, there’s a guy in a suit present next to the glamorous celebrities who get their photos taken when their stars are set in the Hollywood sidewalk. Who is that business man? It’s Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which invented and maintains the Walk of Fame.
Most of the thousands of things that local chambers have done and do are far removed from the big national issues that embroil the U.S. Chamber. Sure, most of the chambers in the country agree with and support the lion’s share of the U.S. Chamber’s positions. Although the goals are often the same, the priorities, issues, methods, leadership and, importantly, ownership are not.
Local chambers have shown themselves perfectly able to get into fights of their own, without orders from a non-existent chamber of commerce command center.
Was it the national chamber’s president who financed the Florida and Alabama, the ships that terrorized Union merchants during the Civil War? No, it was George Trenholm, one of the most active members of the Charleston (SC) Chamber of Commerce. As president of the chamber, Trenholm had asked for a thorough federal charting of the waterways around the Charleston harbor. The survey provided valuable navigation information that became critical when Trenholm emerged a decade later not only as privateer king of the Confederacy but also as chief sponsor of blockade runners. (Some believe he was a model for Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind.)
But it wasn’t as if all chambers were Confederates. It was the New York Chamber of Commerce that furnished a cash reward of $25,000 to the captain and crew of the Kearsarge, which finally sank the Alabama.
There have been other times when local chambers have performed roles worthy of national headlines. During Prohibition, a liquor wholesaler named Al Capone was seen as bad for business by the president of the Chicago Association of Commerce, Colonel Robert Isham Randolph. In an act of some courage, Randolph personally warned Capone and created a chamber subcommittee, popularly called the “Secret Six,” that engineered Capone’s downfall. The Six hired a consultant named Alexander Jamie to gather information, especially financial information, on Capone. Jamie brought in his brother-in-law, Eliot Ness, to help. Capone later credited the Secret Six with taking him down.
Of course the local chambers have made their share of mistakes over the years. The St. Louis Chamber of Commerce once tried to stop the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi, but was stymied in court by the common sense and careful research of a folksy lawyer named Abraham Lincoln. And the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce successfully pushed for easing the quarantine regulations on ships in its harbor, after which a yellow fever-laden ship travelled up the Mississippi and nearly wiped out Memphis in 1878.
But if you take some water and add a chamber, the result can be a megalopolis. Starting in 1840, the Houston Chamber with single-minded determination pushed for the removal of snags and mud from the Buffalo Bayou, which trickled on a circuitous 50-mile path to the sea. In the late 1800s, rain melted the salt on a barge on the bayou, and the Galveston News cackled that Houston finally had a salt-water port. But the laughing stopped on September 8, 1900, when a hurricane flattened Galveston.
Houston overnight became a critical port for Texas, just in time for the Spindletop oil bonanza of January 10, 1901. The chamber would continue to push for improvements on what became the Houston Ship Channel, guaranteeing decades of future growth. Today, the chamber, now called the Greater Houston Partnership, is anticipating the shipping/economic impact of the opening of the second Panama Canal.
Some national change in the country’s economic model has sprung directly from the actions of chambers. The Chicago Board of Trade, a chamber founded in 1848, revolutionized how its members bought and sold farm commodities, becoming so successful that by 1859 it essentially left the traditional chamber business. Instead, the Board of Trade continued to plow the virgin soil of this new financial field, inventing futures contracts and modern commodities trading.
And so it goes. The Birmingham (AL) Chamber of Commerce belatedly, but successfully, broke the power of segregationist Bull Connor and promoted integration of the downtown, while the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce president negotiated the accord that, in a celebrated speech, Martin Luther King defended by saying, “If anyone breaks this contract, let it be the white man.” Segregation, especially racial conflict and the resulting negative publicity, was bad for business, and chambers took the side of peaceful integration in many (although not all) cities throughout the South.
So much of what we think of as America was facilitated or aided by those often forgotten, always resourceful groups known as local chambers of commerce. Whether it’s the Golden Gate Bridge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the statue of Vulcan over Birmingham, commission and city manager forms of government, United Way-style giving, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and so much more – it was local chambers that led the way. The U.S. Chamber was fighting for business and free enterprise principles in Washington, but it was local chambers working “on the ground” that helped plant so many of these seeds across the nation.
Each of the local chambers is vastly smaller than the U.S. Chamber, but collectively they have had a large impact. As in so many things, it has been the local organizations, not merely the national ones, that have shaped this country’s enterprise culture.
While America's economic strengths and structures are being dismantled and brought to global economic colonialism Africa is ground zero for that same old world Merchants of Venice rich moving from Asia and colonizing African nations with the goal of ONE AFRICAN ECONOMIC ZONE. Since all this is being done by the same global Wall Street 1% white men they will skip all the needs to grow local economies as happened in the US and simply DROP FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES down on the nation. So no centuries of local Africans growing economies---they will simply be co-opted right away by global corporations making that extreme wealth for a 1% and their 2% of African citizens while enslaving the 99% of Africans.
We see here in the US and Baltimore what looks to be American citizens trying to be that MERCHANT OF VENICE inside our US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones---but there is absolutely no intent by global Wall Street to do this. They are simply moving already in place global corporate campuses and global factories from China and plopping them on Africa.
NO LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE COMING FROM OUR AFRICAN ECONOMIC ZONES!
What is set to occur in US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones is for global Wall Street to LIE, CHEAT, AND STEAL any assets a foreign corporation or citizen brings to the US ------my concern is our 5% to the 1% thinking they are somehow involved in being MERCHANTS OF VENICE----whether black, white, or brown citizens---it AIN'T HAPPENING.
Global Wall Street is laundering those tens of trillions of dollars off shored these few decades under the guise of FOREIGN CORPORATIONS often simply subsidiaries of global corporations.....they are not another nations' businesses trying to make good in US Foreign Economic Zones---they are simply more of the global 1% and their 2%. REAL FOREIGN businesses are too savvy to bring their wealth into a criminal and corrupt US Foreign Economic Zone.
DON'T SAY WE THE PEOPLE DIDN'T WARN OUR FOREIGN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FRIENDS!
Welcome to the African Chamber of Commerce
Our 18th Annual Africa Day Business Forum "Developing Africa Partnerships for Sustainable Economic Growth", will be taking place Saturday, November 12th, at the Motif Hotel in downtown Seattle, from 8 AM to 10 PM. Speakers will include a variety of local, national, and international government representatives, business owners and business representatives .
The African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest provides resources, trade leads, education and partnerships using the strategic
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In August 2014, African leaders, officials, and representatives gathered in Washington D.C. for the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Our President & CEO Peter Gishuru represented the ACCPNW at this event and had a wonderful trip to Washington DC. Coming away from the event, he was amazed to see how committed people are to making Africa a better place and is excited to work off the momentum stirred up from the conference to further our goals of promoting a strong environment of direct trade and prosperity between the Pacific Northwest and Africa. Below are some pictures from the trip.
WHAT IS IN IT FOR CHINA? Africa has had a wealth of natural resources --from gold to diamonds that old world MERCHANTS OF VENICE always seem to find, install, make extremely rich while they take all Africa's wealth. This is why Africa remains without civilized economies and stable societal structures. HERE WE GO AGAIN! The race inside Africa for LAND MASS-----is just that. Whether it has water, soil, minerals----the goal is to control LAND MASS. With that land mass comes HUMAN CAPITAL that can be taken into the global labor distribution system so PEOPLE ARE THE NATURAL RESOURCE.
We see our new fledgling African economies like Nigeria bringing African businesses but they do not understand how economic powers like old world MERCHANTS OF VENICE will simply strip that wealth taken out of any colonized nation. They will not let economies grow----
'As such, Chinese activity in Rwanda offers one of the best counterpoints to the oft-heard criticism that African countries are falling under the yoke of yet another foreign power. “Rwanda is home to 26,000 square kilometers of land and a population of 12 million. What city is there to attack? What land is there to invade?” a representative from the Chinese ministry of commerce in Kigali told Quartz'.
Rwanda is a landlocked country with few natural resources. So why is China investing so heavily in it?
It’s hard not to see China’s footprint wherever one goes in Rwanda. Chinese engineers have designed and built the country’s tallest building, Kigali City Tower, a gleaming 20-story glass skyscraper; the building that houses Rwanda’s foreign ministry; various hotels, schools, and hospitals; and 80% of the country’s roads, according to a former Chinese ambassador to Rwanda. A sign on a primary school near government offices declares the school’s playground “a gift from China.” A clinic in town offers acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.
There are less tangible signs too. Driving through the Kigali Special Economic Zone—a free-trade area on the outskirts of the capital, modeled after those that helped launch China’s economic opening in the 1980s—a man stopped our car to tell us that he’d been learning Chinese at the local Confucius Center, a cultural institute run by China’s ministry of education. He broke into song, singing in Mandarin about how much he likes learning Chinese, to the tune of “Happy Birthday.”
Rwanda doesn’t fit the usual narrative of China’s interest in Africa. Rwanda doesn’t fit the usual narrative of China’s interest in Africa—namely that China is only interested in Africa for its mineral wealth, expanses of arable land, and potential as a dumping ground for Chinese-made goods. Small, landlocked Rwanda has few natural resources, and with a population about half that of Beijing’s, it offers a negligible new market for Chinese products.
Instead, private Chinese companies and entrepreneurs are investing in property, telecoms, manufacturing, and small-scale businesses like restaurants, car import outfits, and travel agencies. Big state-owned Chinese enterprises are building much of Rwanda’s roads and infrastructure, but not in exchange for oil or mining rights, as has been the case elsewhere.
As such, Chinese activity in Rwanda offers one of the best counterpoints to the oft-heard criticism that African countries are falling under the yoke of yet another foreign power. “Rwanda is home to 26,000 square kilometers of land and a population of 12 million. What city is there to attack? What land is there to invade?” a representative from the Chinese ministry of commerce in Kigali told Quartz.
A hub for Africa
Rwanda, which went from suffering one of history’s worst genocides in 1994 to becoming one of the fastest-growing economies on the continent, wants to establish itself as the business and technological hub of Africa. By attracting more foreign investment, Rwanda also hopes to wean itself from foreign aid, which accounts for almost 40% of its annual budget.
IT IS ALWAYS AFTER A WAR THAT A WORLD BANK COMES IN AND TELLS A NATION TO BRING IN FOREIGN INVESTORS-----WHICH OF COURSE COLONIZES THAT NATION WHETHER TO CHINA OR US.
To that end, the government offers hefty tax incentives: Companies headquartered in Rwanda that invest at least $10 million are exempt from corporate income tax, while those that export at least 50% of their goods pay only 15% tax. Rwandan officials hosting Chinese trade delegations emphasize Rwanda’s stability, government transparency, and business-friendly regulations—it takes less than 24 hours, on average, to set up a company.
Sanitary napkins made in a factory in the Kigali Special Economic Zone. (Quartz/Lily Kuo)Chinese businesses seem to have gotten the message. In Kigali’s special economic zone, Chinese companies produce clothes, sanitary napkins, and wooden doors. A Chinese government-funded agricultural technology center to modernize Rwandan farmers is also focused on helping Chinese companies find new markets in the region. China emerged as Rwanda’s largest investor (pdf) after South Africa in 2009, and though it’s since fallen back to fifth place, it remains among Rwanda’s top trading partners. (China does import a relatively small amount of minerals from Rwanda, which is a leading exporter of tantalum, a metal used in mobile phones.)
Some of the most dominant Chinese companies in Africa got their start in the country. Star Times, a Chinese pay-TV provider, began its overseas efforts in Rwanda in 2008. It now rivals Africa’s biggest provider, DSTV, in 30 African countries. Tecno Mobile, a Chinese cellphone manufacturer whose cheap phones are ubiquitous across the continent, also chose Rwanda as one of its earliest markets.
“They need everything, and in China we can make everything.” Smaller-scale Chinese entrepreneurs are focused on the promise of Rwandan consumers. “They need everything, and in China we can make everything,” says Han Kai, who imports cars from China and the Middle East, selling them to locals who can’t quite afford the models imported from Japan.
All this is making Rwanda something of a service and logistics hub for China-Africa trade and business, according to Norbert Haguma, a Rwandan businessman whose consultancy advises on China-Africa issues. Rwandan shipping companies have started to offer container services to the Chinese manufacturing hubs Guangzhou and Yiwu. Traders can use instant money-transfer services to send money via popular Chinese platforms like WeChat and AliPay, converting between dollars, renminbi and Rwandan francs. Last year, Haguma’s company hosted a business forum that brought 150 Chinese and African businesses to Kigali.
“Chinese activity in Rwanda can illustrate more diverse types of Chinese involvement across African countries,” says Janet Eom, research manager of the China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, who has done field work in Rwanda.
Chinese staff at an agricultural demonstration center in Rwanda. (Quartz)Elsewhere in Africa, Chinese investment is also becoming more diverse. Researchers Wenjie Chen and Hewai Tang, from George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University, looked at data between 1998 and 2012 from China’s Ministry of Commerce—all Chinese enterprises making direct foreign investments must register with the ministry. They found that among 2,000 Chinese firms in 49 African countries, the most popular sectors were services and retail, and investors had “no particular preference” for resource-rich countries over resource-poor ones.
THAT SOUNDS LIKE BALTIMORE'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT----
According to their research, more than twice as many projects were in the business services sector, compared to mining:
Top 10 sectors for Chinese projects in Africa (1998-2012)No. of projectsBusiness service1,053
Wholesale and retail693
Import and export539
Construction, transportation, storage and postal services392
Base metals and articles of base metal148
Articles of stone, plaster, cement, etc.96
Machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment; parts thereof.76
Textiles and textile articles75
Big brother China
Even if China isn’t Rwanda’s new colonial overlord, there are other concerns. Rwanda has looked to China as an example in development. But it’s a model that often privileges stability and economic growth over personal and social freedoms.
China was the first foreign country to reopen its embassy in Kigali after the 1994 genocide. Within a year, Rwanda sent a state delegation to China to study the country’s economic expansion. The closeness continues: Members of the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front went to Beijing in April to study the Chinese communist party’s leadership structure. Hundreds of Rwandan students are hosted on scholarships to study in China (pdf) every year.
Rugaba Silas, Rwanda’s ambassador to China in 1995 during that state visit, says his country aims to learn from China’s ability to overcome its own difficult past—years of civil war, famine, poverty, and the fanatical cultural revolution. Silas remembers that president Paul Kagame, then serving as vice president, wanted to visit two types of sites, industrial and historical.
Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang delivers a speech next to Rwandan president Paul Kagame (second from the right) in Kenya in 2014. (EPA/Daniel Irungu)
“The part that Rwanda wanted to learn was how China managed to grow despite its history. It’s not a matter of Rwanda emulating what China did but understanding the logic behind why China did not fail when it had such a complicated, bloody history,” Silas says.
But Rwanda has adopted some questionable practices that one might see in China. Rwanda has come under fire for ignoring human rights and for eradicating the appearance of poverty rather than the roots of it. Human Rights Watch claimed in a report earlier this year that police are rounding up and detaining homeless people, street children, hawkers, and keeping them in “transit centers” where they are often beaten.
Not everything goes smoothly for the Chinese in Rwanda either. Some locals criticize Chinese companies for taking jobs and contracts away from Rwandans, complain that imported Chinese goods are of poor quality, and suspect Chinese visitors of everything from bringing in prison labor to fathering and leaving behind villages of illegitimate children.
A man walks along a street in the Rwanda’s capital Kigali. (Reuters/Ed Cropley)“You have to struggle with them, for equipment, for protection for the workers, for everything. Other companies, you don’t even need to ask. It’s automatic. But for them, [the goal] is to save money only,” says Jean Baptiste Rwigema, who has been overseeing a marshland for rice and horticulture being built in eastern Rwanda by Sinohydro, a large state-owned firm.
For their part, the Chinese also complain about trying to work in Rwanda. In the drought-ridden northeastern district of Nyagatare, residents said that a livestock watering system built by state-owned China Geo Engineering was starting to fail within five months. In response, China Geo accused its local partner and residents of breaking or stealing pipes and parts while the system was being built.
“There are some steps that should be put in place to defend African interests when dealing with China.” African countries could do more to ensure that projects like these are beneficial to them. Silas believes more effort is needed to ensure transparency when entering into partnerships with China or Chinese companies. “Africans are willing to trade with China, but let’s be honest about what each is trying to achieve, and let’s be honest about how much of the benefit should be repatriated. There are some steps that should be put in place to defend African interests when dealing with China,” he says.
While Chinese migrants to Africa have been compared to Europe’s white settlers, in Rwanda, their goals are more modest. Most of Rwanda’s Chinese community of about 1,500 people, according to Edward Yin, head of the Overseas Chinese Association, are here only temporarily. Even those likely to stay for the long term say their goal isn’t to make it big, but to earn just enough and enjoy a nice life.
“The pressure is less here,” says Yin, who owns a travel agency, hotel and hot pot restaurant called A-Link. Yin, originally from Shenzhen in southeastern China, has been in Rwanda for more than a decade and isn’t sure about when he’ll return home. When pressed on his future plans, he uses an analogy he’s fond of.
“Fishermen take a boat and wherever there is fish, they fish there and then leave. Farmers, even if there’s a flood this year, next year they will still be working there. I think we are starting to have this kind of change here, going from fishermen to farmers.“
We are all supposed to believe that Ross is a BIPARTISAN appointment because he used to be DEMOCRATIC-----here we see the OLD WORLD GREEKS getting that inside into global corporate power and wealth----
SKULL AND BONES ANYONE??????.......
'What made Ross who he is?
Born in New Jersey and a graduate of both Yale and Harvard',
PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW THIS GUY TO PRETEND HE IS FEELING THE BERN BECAUSE BERNIE AND ELIZABETH WARREN AS GLOBAL WALL STREET WILL ALLOW HIM TO PRETEND.
Also, neither Trump nor Ross has forgotten Trans Pacific Trade Pact---they are MOVING IT FORWARD as we speak! #1 ISSUE FOR 99% OF AMERICANS---STOP ALLOWING THESE ILLEGAL DESIGNATIONS OF FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES----
'Ross can easily be cast as a Wall Street robber baron. He once said on Bloomberg TV that "the 1 percent is being picked on," and he was reportedly the "Grand Swipe," or leader, of Kappa Beta Phi, a secret society on Wall Street'.
Let's see what is coming in the near future for America---OH, I KNOW SOVEREIGN DEBT BANKRUPTCY WITH WORLD BANK AND IMF BAILOUTS-----that will need the expertise of a Trump and Ross----
BAIN'S CAPITAL GUTTING OF ALL ASSETS FROM OUR PUBLIC AND PEOPLE'S POCKETS.
He would be replacing another billionaire, Penny Pritzker, the current head of Commerce.
If confirmed, he would be the oldest person ever appointed to head the Commerce Department.
Ross' nickname is the "King of Bankruptcy," and Trump has repeatedly called himself the "king of debt."'
King of BANKRUPTCY AND DEBT at the time of US Treasury bond junk bonding and an economic crash------OMG!
Who is Wilbur Ross, Trump's pick for Commerce?
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- Trump has picked a multi-billionaire, Wall Street veteran to head the Commerce Department.
- Part of his job would be to help Trump tackle trade.
Wilbur Ross is a former Democrat from New York who has amassed a wealth of billions and become an insurgent force in Republican politics. He was a staunch backer of the incoming president and could soon be in a position to shepherd many of Trump's biggest promises through Washington.
The secretary of commerce is responsible for promoting the nation's businesses and ensuring its markets run well. As part of this task, he or she oversees the country's international trade rules, one of Trump's most frequent targets. Although Ross has advocated for the Trans Pacific Partnership, a potential deal Trump has railed against, he has also signaled opposition to free trade deals in the past. In a CNN interview after Trump's selection, Ross said his first goal would be to renegotiate NAFTA.
He is an industry veteran who knows the ins and outs of the world of finance and has had a bird's eye view of many industries Trump has spoken about, particularly coal and steel. He has swooped in and rescued these businesses and left them in a successful place. Moreover, his shift from the Democratic Party to the GOP suggests some bipartisan credibility.
His long standing opposition to some trade deals means he has had his finger on the same pulse currently animating the Trump coalition, as well as politicians on the other side of the aisle opposed to free trade agreements, like Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
As one of the authors of Trump's economic plan, he could be among the most well poised to deliver to Trump's voters exactly what they asked for.What do Ross' critics say?
Ross can easily be cast as a Wall Street robber baron. He once said on Bloomberg TV that "the 1 percent is being picked on," and he was reportedly the "Grand Swipe," or leader, of Kappa Beta Phi, a secret society on Wall Street.
His businesses have been forced to pay fines to the government several times, including as recently as August of 2016 to the SEC for failing to disclose fees his firm was charging. In 2013, he sat on the board of a company that agreed to pay over $2 billion in a settlement over its handling of subprime loans.
And in 2006, 12 people died in an explosion a West Virginia mine his company purchased.
Additionally, Ross can be criticized for his closeness to Trump, both as a major donor to his campaign and as someone who personally helped Trump in business. In the 1990s, he helped Trump retain control of a failing casino in Atlantic City.
Further, with no experience in government and decades-long ties to Wall Street, critics point out his lack of qualifications to run a vast government agency and question if he would act on behalf of the people at large as opposed to the narrow interests of the financial sector.
The secretary of commerce also oversees the collection and distribution of information about the country, from the constitutionally-mandated census to the National Weather Service.What made Ross who he is?
Born in New Jersey and a graduate of both Yale and Harvard, Ross made his career on Wall Street. He worked as a bankruptcy adviser before starting his own firm, purchasing businesses in some industries Trump mentioned frequently on the campaign trail, including coal and steel. Through his efforts, Ross has amassed some $3 billion, although a Bloomberg analysis showed his more recent performance flagging.
Asked by CNN's Erin Burnett if he represented the elite interests Trump promised to drive out of politics, Ross argued he did not because of his positive relationships with blue collar workers and unions.
"The fact that you're successful doesn't mean that you can't relate to working people," he said.Wilbur Ross, Trump's commerce pick: Success "doesn't mean that you can't relate to working people" https://t.co/9uBk94yJg8
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 1, 2016Anything else?
He would be replacing another billionaire, Penny Pritzker, the current head of Commerce.
If confirmed, he would be the oldest person ever appointed to head the Commerce Department.
Ross' nickname is the "King of Bankruptcy," and Trump has repeatedly called himself the "king of debt."